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Seattle’s first openly Transgender cop

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Last year, the Seattle Police Department (SPD) issued new policies on officers’ interactions with Transgender people, and Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order mandating ‘culturally responsive’ training for city staff to improve their relations with the Transgender community. As the chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Council to the SPD, I was involved with both efforts, and continue to monitor the implementation of the trainings and observe their impact. The reality is that the impact has been huge. In its effort to foster a relationship with the Transgender community (which is disproportionately victimized), SPD has seen an increase in crimes against Transgender people being reported, whereas such incidents used to go underreported. While I would much rather report that these crimes no longer happen, the fact that Transgender people are coming forward to report is a positive step toward eliminating these crim

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